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Should we take the terminology an asker might be unfamiliar with into consideration when it comes to expectations for research effort?

The reason I would suggest that an askers knowledge of terminology should be taken into consideration is that if by research effort we mean looking something up on the internet before asking a ...
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How can I accomplish the removal of comments by another participant, on an answer I had posted, that might be considered derogatory?

About 24 hours ago, I posted an edit to my answer to a PSE question concerning the time when interstellar travel (in any form, or, at least, without specification of its form) might have begun: As ...
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My closed question probably fits better in a different SE — do I have to ask for it to be migrated?

Specifically this question. Why doesn't my phone scroll if I put a ring flat on the screen? It's been closed as being too engineering-based, and the Feedback message gave options of other SEs it ...
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Can we encourage the "research-level" meta tag? What about a "popular" tag?

I have been reading a bit of the meta discussion going on about the question quality here at the Physics StackExchange (SE). Especially in the wake of the demise of the TheoreticalPhysics SE, there ...
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Differentiate research-level questions?

"Research-level question" = looking for research level answers, citing articles, giving an overview of articles/subfield, instead of repeating textbook/Wikipedia type knowledge and basic clarification....
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Maybe add an indicator showing level of question

There is an existing discussion/request for a system to tag or otherwise indicate level of questions: Can we have a level-of-question tag please? Differentiate research-level questions? The idea is ...
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Can we have a level-of-question tag please?

I really like the idea of using this site and its battery of questions as a way to check my own understanding of the physics that I am learning. However, the big problem is that I can't seem to filter ...
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How do I write better answers?

I haven't written many answers, but after I have identified what the user is asking, I usually go with a conversational tone, going over whatever has a question mark over it and any context supporting ...
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Origins of transverse waves in spherical detonations [closed]

In confined detonations transverse waves are believed to originate with reaction of the lead front with the wall. Apart from the possibility that the initiating source leaves lasting discontinuities ...
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Do we want accepted answers to be pinned to the top?

SE is making the way accepted answers behave configurable per-site and is looking for input from our side what our preference is. Currently, accepted answers - answers that the asker of the question ...
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Would original posts meant to share knowledge instead of ask questions be on topic on the site?

For a long time the way I tended to see the Schrödinger equation written, some of the notation was like a foreign language to me, and so I couldn't work out how to actually use it to model anything, ...
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What's the criteria for a comment "no longer needed" flag?

Reading the answer by SuperCiocia to this question Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?, I learned about the comment flag for "no longer needed". I thought this was ...
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The “experience of a photon” question

I’m sure everybody is aware of the question that people love to ask, i.e. some variation of “what’s the experience of a photon (or someone traveling at $c$, etc)?” This question is always roundly ...
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How to treat suggested edits that "correct a formula"?

Once in a while I see a suggested edit that claims to "correct a formula" (this is usually written in the edit summary). Is there a general "rule"/recommended procedure for such ...
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Recover deleted image links

If the draft of a post which I was going to publish later, is accidentally deleted, I will lose the links of the images I've already uploaded. Is there a way to recover those links? This also applies ...
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This is a sandbox

This is a sandbox You can use this question as a formatting sandbox (if you can edit CW questions), and you can post answers if you want to test out formatting there as well. NB: It's hard not to ...
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Should link-shortener services be off-limits?

Link-shortener services (e.g. exe.io, bit.ly, etc) route traffic to a destination website without allowing the end-user to see what website they are clicking into before clicking. This can be used for ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Do we have a policy or guidance for questions with no one right answer?

This question does not seem to have a single correct answer posted. Which of the following are true: Assume that there will never be one right answer posted (i.e. because there is not in principle a ...
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Should we refrain from using canned comments when reviewing?

Since the review queue update, I have seen multiple instances of the following situation: a new user asks/answers a question, a reviewer finds the question unclear or lacking sufficient detail and ...
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My question was closed on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another Internet site where my question might be on-topic?

My question was closed1 on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another Internet site where my question might be on-topic? Here we keep a list of other Internet sites that might help students2 of physics. ...
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Should we downvote answers that begin with "I think..."?

People often speculate rather than answer. If you think you know the answer then you don't.
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Why did I get 20 reputation without any upvote or bookmark?

I had got 20 reputation for this question. But, I wonder how I got reputation from that question because, that question claims that no one had upvoted neither downvoted. Even, no one had bookmarked it....
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Can I ask for specific books recommendations? using the [resource-recommendations] tag

I researched some question about book recommendations and I found a lot of books on Google Search, and here in physics.se the book recommendation question was closed because it is a broad question, ...
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Why downvotes to question? [duplicate]

I have been hanging around physics SE for quite a while. I am just a student who craves for some knowledge in mathematics and physics and thus I joined SE. I am not an expert. But to my questions, I ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

This is how flagging is described in help centre: Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community. Are comments like, "Thank you","Good question&...
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Is there a grace period to post an answer to a question after it is closed?

This answer has been published 23 minutes ago, while the question was closed 25 minutes ago, at the moment. Also this answer was published a minute after closing the question (another). So how does ...
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Request to reopen an old question which I have edited

Identifying parallel and series capacitors for capacitor system with dieletric inserted The OP had posted this question with large images and lack of MathJax formatting. I have edited it and made it ...
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Confusing message from new review queue?

The answer here (in which a new user posted an elaboration on their question as an answer) has the following comment from the Community bot, presumably due to its review in the new "First Answers&...
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How can I find the highest scored posts of all tags?

I like to read the highest scored posts in the PSE. If I watch posts under a specific tag, I can find a tab which sorts posts by votes, under that tag. For instance, if I choose the tag newtonian-...
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Should cosmetic edits be made to a closed question?

Sometimes when I am going through the reopen queue I come across questions that have been edited by another user who is not the author of the question. These edits are mostly or entirely cosmetic in ...
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An alternative to MathJax in chat

While on the main site equations should always be written using MathJax, this is not natively supported in the chat rooms. There are various hacks for making MathJax work in the chat, but these can be ...
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A thanks message for help [closed]

This post is just a thank you post for all of you being helpful I'm new to this site and I'm really very very happy and thankful for exchanging interesting information. You are amazing and helpful. I'...
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Reopen question request

Please reopen this question per the discussion we had in the comments. What is the maximum possible temperature of a 1mx1mx1m cube that is the focal point of an array of mirror reflected, concentrated ...
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A question (quoted below) was asked which I answered, and my answer was deleted. I would like to ask the logical reason for the deletion

The question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/q/657234 (now deleted and visible only to users with 10k+ rep; screenshot) This seems to me to clearly be a question seeking a "Yes" or &...
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What happens when upvoting the automatic comment indicating duplicate?

When flagging a question as a duplicate, a comment appears under that post: "Does this answer your question?..." I have noticed that sometimes this comment has been upvoted. Also I have ...
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Justifying claims

Many posters report claims in statements such as This author claims that… Some claim that… OR Someone claims that… I read that… containing no supporting evidence, source or reference. Should we ...
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User name disappeared

Consider: Until yesterday, my username was visible in this circle. But now it does not seem to be there. So I have to search my name under the 'users' section to go to my profile. Am I the only one ...
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Careless mistakes in formulas shouldn't be treated the same as non-mainstream physics

In this question, What is the Schrödinger equation in position velocity space? I originally made a careless mistake when writing the Schrödinger equation in velocity space, as I had originally ...
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How to make the question about "the principle of optimization" not opinion-based?

The question in question: Why isn't the principle of least action named as "the principle of optimization"? I suppose that one solution is to define what optimization/optimal state/...
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Undo suggested edits

If I suggest an edit for another's post and immediately realize that I've missed something, I can re-edit it. But can I undo suggested edits (bring the post to the original or previous state) before ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Physics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2021-...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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My question got closed saying that it was opinion based

I cannot wrap my head around how can you not have a wrong answer in physics. It's not philosophy that we are talking about... How can I improve my question to open it again? The question: Can 0 ...
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When does a closed question become open?

I have posted a question, Fidelity between initial state and final state. But due to inadequate details, it got closed. Now I have added details as much as possible. When will my question open again?
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Close my account please. Delete it [duplicate]

Is it possible to close my account since I was not able to close it in this meta site. Please delete my account.
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How to delete my account? [duplicate]

How do I delete my account? I don't use this site, and I just want it to be deleted. I can't figure out how to delete it.
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My last question - how do I unsubscribe? [duplicate]

How do I unsubscribe from SE physics? I have looked on my profile but can see no method.
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How to quit physics.stackexchange.com completely?

I was wondering how to completely leave this community. Please guide me. I have gone through FAQ section but of no use. What should I do ?
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Physics has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and ...

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